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JoshFest: 2009
Saturday 15 August 2009

Another year, another JoshFest. This time 'round Josh turned the even number of twenty-eight, which seems a lot better spelled out than shown numerically. This year there was no pudding, there were no balloons. Instead JoshFest joined the computer age with a constant stream of live blogging through Twitter. There was also limited swimming, a tasty cake by Marie, and we ended the night watching Galaxy Quest.

There is also a gallery of the photos that Charles took.

Attendees: Josh Gulch, Dan Norton, Charles Meyer, Laura Mayfield, Katie Mihaly, Felicity Powers, Mike Gillespie, Nina Malone, Paul Arquette, Ryan Dressel, Jeff Osthimer, Tammy Keupper, and Marie Jarden.


Laura takes a moment to hold a meet & greet with Nostradamus before JoshFest activities kicked off.

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Charles kicked off JoshFest live blogging via Twitter, which other guests joined in on. Here is a photo of special celebrity guest Scarlett Johansson.

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Laura knows exactly how to creep us all the crap out. I'll never be able to look at Shatner the same way again.

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I refused to feed my guests and one by one they began to collapse, faint echoes of their former selves.

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Felicity is a staunch advocate of peanut M&Ms. She has been known to hoard them by the bushel in her basement.

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Charles restrains Mike in his continuing effort to live blog the event.

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Josh just cannot rationalize what all this hubbub is about. People shouldn't celebrate him.

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So uhm ... remember those ninety nine red balloons from last year? Ever wonder what happened to the leftovers? They're still around and this is what they look like now.

I am sorry, Laura.

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Josh is perhaps not so very nice to his friends. Felicity will remember this next year.

I am sorry, Felicity.

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It's Paul and he wore the same shirt as last year! He says it was intentional, but I only believe in random happenstance striking every occasion.

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Mike is thinking of going into business, selling his patented Beard-in-a-Bag. For customers over twenty-one only, please.

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I'm considering doing a series of photos of Laura, featuring her peaking out from behind circle-shaped openings. There is precedent for this, after all.

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For this JoshFest we had the special, limited-edition Plague 9uh. She was filled with strep which she fired at her enemies.

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It's Ryan Dressel! Nobody can sit on a stool like that man.

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Felicity has this irrational fear of the esteemed Dr. Baby Skullhead, whom 9uh carries into confrontation.

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9uh comforts Dr. Baby Skullhead who, despite having received a medical degree from Harvard, still needs a little assistance from time to time.

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Felicity and her swanky arm bands take a break while Dr. Baby Skullhead is otherwise preoccupied.

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It's Jeff! He was over for a bit and wearing a familiar shirt.

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Marie was coming just as Jeff was leaving. It's a direct order from the city courts that they cannot be in the same building together for an extended period of time.

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Felicity lives a timid life under the terrifying yoke of Charles' iron boot.

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9uh and Katie took forever to work out pizza orders. This is because they used the scientific method.

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Marie wouldn't be so happy if she stopped to consider how stressful two-thirds of that Jurassic Park Marathon can be.

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An exasperated 9uh returns after the fiasco of placing a seemingly simple order for pizza. Nothing is ever so simple.

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Felicity has been hired on as Mountain Dew's new spokesperson. With the publication of this photos the royalties ought to start rolling in any moment now.

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Unlike Marie, the deep-ingrained pain of Jurassic Park III can be seen in his eyes if you look deep enough.

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This is the first time that Tammy has been inside Josh's house. Though I lack a help desk of my own, she was brave throughout.

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Despite Josh's misgivings about the state of the pool, he, Felicity, and 9uh still took to the water. Everyone else chose to remain on dry land.

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Paul didn't swim, despite the thousands of dollars poured into the Yoda in a Speedo program.

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9uh seems peppy now but, come the next morning, her flesh had peeled off from the chemical saturation.

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There are those who have called Josh a wetheaded nincompoop. They might well be correct.

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Somehow 9uh changed clothes without anybody noticing and took up arms with the pool's disco light. The light that wouldn't have worked in the cloudy water anyhow.

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Charles is overtaken by nature. This is the fear of anyone in the computer technologies.

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Marie made a cake that featured a very nice seascape theme with cherry frosting.

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Then we ated it.

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I swear, we just can't take 9uh anywhere.

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Oh noes, Felicity's legs have gone out. This is just the saddest thing evar!

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Moments later, 9uh was found unconscious. We almost had a mystery going on ... but then we forgot.

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To make things worse we stuck Paul amongst the cat food.

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It ain't easy bein' Mike. 'Specially when there's antics afoot and blame is passed around like chicken pox in a kindergarten.

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Paul caught the 9uh sickness and it went straight to his brain. Before the night was out he was reduced to screaming random numbers at a chair.

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9uh's foot in Paul's pocket. That's what JoshFest has been reduced to. This sort of tawdry filth.

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Felicity's foot in Josh's pocket. Have the last strains of dignity been dissolved?

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Look at her. She thinks she's so clever.

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So then everybody left except for Marie, who came back after leaving for a while. She made a sandwich and we used the dinosaur sandwich cutter that Felicity gave Josh.

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The lovely sauropod sandwich that can be created. There'd have been room for two dinos if she'd used the white bread like I'd insisted. I mean, who eats rye?

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Marie fancies herself an apex predator, the top of the food chain.

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Then she ated it.

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Bonus Feature:

The decoration for JoshFest: 2009.


The cut-out insignia for JoshFest '09 which graced the top of the TV. Marie called dibs on this thing after the party ended.

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The table contained old movie day press kits, some binders of Josh's scribbles, and insignia from prior JoshFests.

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Insignia from a year's worth of events lined the shelves, starting with JoshFest: 2008 and working up to the current event.

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The balloons from a year ago, left to decay in the corner. Read the article about their fate.

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The official insignia for JoshFest: 2009, which is just chock full of symbolism.

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The JoshFest: 2009 Awkward Club, which sported its own variant of the primary insignia.

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Something new for 2009. The JoshFest insignia signed by those who attended.

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